Anchorage plant outage affects 4,600 on Peninsula

More than 4,000 Kenai Peninsula homes lost power this morning when Chugach Electric’s Southcentral Power Project in Anchorage went offline.

All 4,600 Homer Electric Association member homes in Nikiski, Kasilof, Anchor Point, Beaver Creek, Fritz Creek and Homer are now back on line, HEA Spokesperson Joe Gallagher said.

“When the power plant goes down up there it affect the whole … system,” Gallagher said.

Power went out at about 7:58 a.m. but came back by about 8:20 a.m. today, according to an HEA press release.

The cause of outage is not known at this point, Gallagher said. “This is not a weather related incident, as far as I know,” he said.

High winds later in the day knocked out power to 1,200 HEA homes between Beaver Creek and Soldotna, also, he said. The homes are now back on line.

The homes lost power at about 11:40 a.m. when a tree fell on power lines near Big Eddy Road in Soldotna, he said. HEA crews restored power to the homes at about 12:20 p.m., he said.

As winds continue into the morning, Gallagher said downed power lines are extremely dangerous and can kill. He said to stay clear of them if they are encountered.

To report downed power lines, call HEA at 1-800-478-8551.

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